Tuesday, March 24, 2009
What is Earth Hour?
It is an initiative by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) to make every human realise the gravity of pollution and global warming present in the world. Quoting Wikipedia :
"Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change."
This was started in 2007 in Australia (History of the earth hour) when 2.2 million people came together. In 2008, the plan went global and an approx 50 million participants came forward to take part in this endeavor. Even the Colosseum in Rome stayed in dark for the hour. The results in terms of energy saved was amazing. This year, WWF expects a billion people to support this movement.
So what are we supposed to do.Its just a small effort that we need to put in. Switch off all the lights and air conditioners, personal computers, television and all the electrical appliances without which we can survive for a short period of one hour i.e. from 8.30-9.30 pm local time on 28th of March, anywhere in the world. Moreover, we need to tell about this to as many people as we can. I believe that more number of people will get involved if they come to know about it.
The future of our planet is in our hands. Lets try our best in doing what we can.